I stopped ascol cold turkey on 9/07/07 because my Doc's and I belived it caused my kidney disease. If you are hypersensitive to drugs containing mesalamine it can cause Minimal Change Disease (symptoms are edema and frothy urine, I have both). They also put me on Prednisone 60mg a day (this is to fix my kidney's and also take the place of asacol - dual purpose).
I went into a huge flare in Sept/Oct, I never flared so bad before in my life, I had D,B,M and horrible cramping I was white knuckling it. I was going 25+ times a day and had to miss work and also social engagments that I really wanted to go to and I did go to some but it sucked b/c I felt miserable and was worried about
going to the bathroom.
My adivce if you decide to stop taking it, don't do it cold turkey, do it slowly and see if your symptoms start to return, do it like a prednisone taper.
Personally, if the drugs are not causing you any problems, I wouldn't stop taking it. JMO!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.